SA Judge Mark Griffin RESIGNS- over hooker allegations-House and Office raided


Sex worker allegations lead to judge Mark Griffin’s resignation, gee a top Judge (who happens to be married) using hookers, who would of thought…Interesting they raided his office and home and took computer hard drives.I wonder if it will affect any cases he presided over in the sex industry? Time will tell, resigned swiftly though, to ensure all entitlements and any potential internal misconduct charges. Criminal investigations are continuing…Bye Bye career…On a side note, as a silk he defended the undefendable JOHN BUNTING of the body in the Barrels/Snowtown serial killings as well as the sex killer Bevan Spencer Von Einem

INVESTIGATIONS into the alleged activities and conduct of District Court judge Mark Griffin will continue, despite his shock resignation.

INVESTIGATIONS into the alleged activities and conduct of District Court judge Mark Griffin will continue, despite his shock resignation.

While the respected judge and former top criminal defence silk cannot face any internal misconduct charges because he has quit the bench, he can still face criminal charges if any illegal conduct is identified as a result of the investigation.

The investigation, which revolves around the alleged use of sex workers, was revealed exclusively yesterday by AdelaideNow following the shock resignation of Judge Griffin after he was questioned by detectives.

His resignation has rocked Adelaide’s close-knit judicial and legal community, with several lawyers stating it was “simply unbelievable”.

It is understood Anti-Corruption Branch detectives raided Judge Griffin’s District Court office and his Royston Park home late last week and seized several items, believed to include computer hard drives.

The items are now being examined by forensic officers to determine their evidentiary value in the continuing investigation.

It is known the ACB investigation has been under way since last year, but it has been in lockdown because of its sensitive nature.

Judge Griffin’s lawyer Matt Selley last night confirmed that his client “had provided assistance to authorities” in  connection with the investigation.

“That process led to a significant deterioration in his health,” he said.

“Accordingly, on Sunday, May 13, Judge Griffin resigned his commission as a judge of the District Court.

“I have not seen the statement issued by his Honour, the Chief Judge, but insofar as media outlets have suggested that my client was `forced’ to resign, they are incorrect …

“His Honour Judge Griffin has not been charged with any  offence and rejects any  suggestion that he has  committed one.”

Mr Selley said Judge Griffin, who is married with one son, was in the care of doctors and his family and it was “inappropriate for any further statement to be given while an investigation is pending.”

Following inquiries by AdelaideNow yesterday morning, District Court Chief Judge Terry Worthington confirmed Judge Griffin had tendered his resignation, which will take effect from May 26.

Chief Judge Worthington said it was “because of conduct that is inconsistent with his continuing to be a judge”.

“I am not at liberty to be more specific,” he said.

“He is currently on leave and arrangements are being made for other judges to take  over cases that he has  been handling.”

SA Bar Association president Mark Livesay, QC, said last night the legal profession was “in total shock” at the resignation of Judge Griffin. “Mark Griffin has been an excellent judge and an outstanding barrister who is well liked and highly regarded,” Mr Livesay said.

“I can honestly say that the Bar was unaware of any investigation, and whatever the reason for his resignation he will be a real loss for the District Court bench.

“I am not aware of any charges and it would be inappropriate to comment or  speculate on what might happen from here.”

Mr Livesay said there was “widespread concern” for Judge Griffin and his welfare among the members of the Bar  Association.

Judge Griffin was appointed to the District Court in August 2009 after a distinguished career as one of the state’s top criminal defence lawyers.

Over more than two decades before his appointment he represented the accused in dozens of high-profile cases, including sex killer Bevan Spencer Von Einem and Snowtown killer John Bunting.

Police declined to comment on the investigation involving Judge Griffin.

“It is not appropriate for SAPOL to make any comment in relation to investigations undertaken by the Anti-Corruption Branch,” a spokesperson said.

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